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Caracasbaai

Location: Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Client: Royal Caribbean International Cruises
Services: Planning, Landscape Architecture

The Caracasbaai peninsula is a 267-acre brownfield located along the southwest coast of Curacao and administered by the island’s government and the Curacao Ports Authority. The master plan calls for a balanced redevelopment of the site, committing 40 percent of the area for establishment of an active, economically self-supporting mixed-use waterfront development with the remaining land area established as environmental preserve. Developed areas are to offer a host of highly integrated uses, inclusive of hospitality and resort nodes, marina and yachting facilities, a commercial and residential district, and—through reuse of exiting marine facilities— a cruise pier and shopping village. The vision plan incorporates a series of low impact development (LID) elements and other sustainable design features to create a development unique in Curacao and the Caribbean region.